Choppy Winds At Sikorsky

Publicity from a crash will ease, but the Pentagon squeeze won't

For 35 years, Thomas Malick Sr. watched helicopters take off and land at the Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. factory across the street from his service station in Stratford, Conn. "It had gotten to the point where I didn't hear them anymore," says Malick. But on May 9, as he was walking out to the pumps, Malick heard "a hell of an explosion," then watched in amazement as the U.S.'s largest helicopter, a CH-53E Super Stallion, disintegrated. "Parts were flying everywhere," he says.

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